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Parliamentary questions
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4 September 2015
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011475/2015

After a year of application of the Russian import embargo on agricultural products from EU Member States, the impact of the embargo extension appears generally less significant than one year ago when the embargo entered into force suddenly, notably for reasons of other alternative market outlets found. The market situation may differ though for specific fruit and vegetable products and among Member States whilst the market situation for the dairy sector remains difficult. At present it appears that there is altogether no additional direct threat from the extended Russian import embargo on jobs in the EU.

As regards the dairy sector, the current unfavourable market situation across Europe and on the world market in general is mainly related to an imbalance between supply and demand, following higher milk production and a slowdown in global demand. The Russian embargo has worsened this tight market situation in the countries concerned.

As of August 2014 various measures were taken to support the agricultural sectors affected by the embargo. An overview of the measures taken by the Commission is available on the following webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/russian-import-ban/index_en.htm

It is not envisaged to establish a fund similar to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.

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